VIC Committee

Rod Keenan (Chair)
Keith Maplestone (Secretary)
Danielle Read
Gavin Livingston
Gary Featherston
David Dore
Jan Newport
Jo Lewis


Victorian Division Strategic Plan

The incoming Victorian Division committee and invited members met in December 2020 to develop a strategic plan for the Division from 2021-23.  Incoming Chair of the Division, Professor Rod Keenan, invites Victorian-based members to review the plan and indicate their interest in supporting its implementation.

Please contact Rod Keenan or Secretary, Keith Maplestone to indicate your interest

To download Strategic plan 2021-20232021 Review, click HERE

To download Victorian Committee Report 2021, click HERE


Gary Featherston (President)
Gib Wettenhall (Secretary)

Recreating The Country Debut on YouTube

Last year, the Ballarat Region Treegrowers/AFG published the book “Recreating the Country” written by  Steve Murphy, and this year we began a model ‘biorich plantation’ program based on the principles in the book.

Stephen Oakes, a local film maker, was commissioned by BRT/AFG to produce a short video on the planting.  His video is now on Youtube.

We hope you will watch it and use it to spread the word.  We hope to update the video next year when the second stage of planting occurs, and over the next 5-10 years to show how the ‘biorich plantation’ develops.

“Recreating The Country” video on YouTube

Portable and Conventional Sawmilling Systems

Gary Waugh from Forest Products Consultancy gave a presentation Portable and conventional sawmilling systems at a field day organised by Ballarat Region Treegrowers, Timber Industry Training Centre and Victorian Landcare Centre, DPI.

To view the presentation click on the link below.
Portable and conventional sawmilling systems presentation

FFORNE (Farmed Forests of the North East)


John Steer (President)

2019 AGM Report
The AGM was held on 6 October 2019 at Mansfield.

The report will follow shortly.

2018 AGM Report
FFORNE held their AGM near Yea on 9 September 2018 with the following committee appointed:
Carolyn Hill – President
John Steer – Secretary Treasurer
Bruce Sonogan
Andrew Walpole
Philippa Noble
Craig McKay

The AGM was followed by lunch then field day viewing a range of things including:
• Portable sawmill operation
• Various eucalypt spp plantations and management practises
• Charcoal plant
• Solar kiln
• Chainsaw jig

Over the year Committee members have been involved in a number of activities including:
• Regular committee teleconferences
• attended a number of Farm Forest Grower Victoria meetings, IFA/AFG meetings, GAN field days, Ballarat Tree Growers Thinning Day, John Woodley’s field day at Taggerty and passing on information gained to FFORNE members.
• Participating in the Regional Forest Agreement process.
• Rod Keenan’s ‘Next Generation Plantation Investment’ initial survey interviews for New Generation Plantations: Integrating trees in rural landscapes.
• Hosting a visit from Ceres Fairwood to some North East FFORNE Plantations and participated in their timber inventory.
• Assisting FFGV in preparing a grant application for a marketing strategy.

FFORNE has 43 entries on its email list, which the Committee emails regularly with farm forestry updates.

FFORNE Strathbogie Field Day – Event CANCELLED

Date: TBC
Location: Strathbogies
Time: TBC

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the FFORNE field day organisers have decided to postpone this event. A new date will be advised for later in the year.

Gippsland Agroforestry Network


Peter Devonshire (President)
David Bennett (Secretary)
Bob Gray (Treasurer)

About the Branch

The Gippsland Agroforestry Network was formed in 1992 as the first Agroforestry Network and is now a regional Branch of Australian Forest Growers.

The Network is non-profit, and interested in developing a profitable and sustainable timber industry in Gippsland, based on the production of wood from farm plantations and private native forests.  It brings together farmers, professional foresters, landcarers, nursery owners, contractors, sawmillers, advisors and those who just have an interest.

The Network holds regular meetings, field days and farm walks where a variety of topics are addressed. The Network also has various items of establishment and pruning equipment which are loaned free to members.

Agroforestry or Farm Forestry

Agroforestry, or “farm forestry” as it is more often called these days, is the integration of productive trees into the agricultural landscape.While the benefits of trees to agriculture, the environment and our sense of well-being are well known, the ability of properly planned, established and managed trees to contribute significantly to farm incomes is often not appreciated.

Whilst government support for farm forestry has recently dropped dramatically, local and national groups are getting on with the job of supplying environmentally responsible timber in a climate where access to native forests is becoming more restricted.  Markets for environmental services, especially carbon, are rapidly emerging.  World timber demand is generally expected to exceed supply over the next 20 years, so industry in Australia is currently working to dramatically increase our plantation area. Although the figure is dropping slowly, Australia continues to run annual deficits of almost $2 billion in forest products, so there’s ample opportunity for import replacement. Farm forestry can make a significant contribution to this target, especially if farm foresters organise themselves into local groups with regional and national affiliations.  To further the cause in Gippsland we have the Gippsland Agroforestry Network, Farm Forest Growers, Victoria., and Australian Forest Growers respectively.